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Brit Floyd among 8 shows added by Cultural Trust [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

August 19, 2013


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has added eight offerings to its 2013- 14 Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series:

- Sweet Honey in the Rock, 8 p.m. Nov. 9, Byham Theater. Rooted in African-American traditions, the a cappella ensemble captures elements of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip-hop, ancient lullabies and jazz improvisation.

- The Musical Box "Selling England by the Pound" 8 p.m. Nov. 13, Byham Theater. The only band officially licensed by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, The Musical Box re-creates Genesis' 1973 art-rock masterpiece live onstage with costuming, staging and special effects.

- "Three Sleuths: The Real CSI," 8 p.m. Nov. 20, Benedum Center. A trio of experts -- forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, criminologist Dr. Henry Lee and attorney Mark Geragos -- lend their insights into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the murder of O.J. Simpson's wife and the deaths of Laci Peterson and Michael Jackson.

- Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Byham Theater. The group's music adds the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music.

- Soweto Gospel Choir, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Byham Theater. Mixing African gospel with traditional hymns, Jamaican reggae and American pop, Soweto Gospel Choir's 30-member chorus expresses hope and joy with its South African vocal harmonies.

- "Celtic Nights," 7:30 p.m. March 6, Byham Theater. Live from Ireland, "Celtic Nights" expertly weaves together ballads, striking choreography and a compelling storyline that connects to Ireland's ancient heritage.

- Brit Floyd, 8 p.m. March 1 and 2, Benedum Center. Brit Floyd returns to the United States with the Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience, a new three-hour show of five full album sides.

- David Garrett, 8 p.m. March 21, Benedum Center. The violinist craftily combines classical music elements with those of pop and rock, as well as rhythm-and-blues.

Single tickets for these shows, as well as the six previously announced for the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, go on sale Aug. 23.

Single tickets for the six Pittsburgh Dance Council shows and the five shows in the Trust Cabaret series at the Cabaret at Theater Square also go on sale Aug. 23.

Details: 412-456-6666 or

-- Alice Carter

Director: One Direction a bunch of good guys

In the tradition of great music movies, One Direction's feature- film debut has sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll -- just without the sex or the drugs.

The Morgan Spurlock-directed 3-D documentary "One Direction: This Is Us" hangs out with Harry, Louis, Liam, Niall and Zayn backstage, at home and on the road, and comes to the conclusion that the five well-coiffed lads who have conquered the world are, well, pretty nice.

Spurlock -- who made his name with socially engaged documentaries such as "Super Size Me" and "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" -- is on a mission to convert unbelievers (and even Beliebers) into One Direction fans.

"These boys are so charming and so fantastic, I challenge you to go to the movie and not like them after the film is done," Spurlock said Aug. 19 at a news conference with the band ahead of the movie's world premiere Aug. 20 in London.

"Part of the reason they've been so incredibly successful with their fans is that they are so incredibly grounded and normal, and that's what comes off in the movie."

-- Associated Press

Small blessings count, Goodman tells grads

Actor John Goodman says he's learned to be grateful for his blessings, rather than always striving for more.

Goodman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters Aug. 18 during at the convocation at Missouri State University in Springfield. He graduated from the school with a fine arts degree in 1975.

He says he originally went to Missouri State to play football but an injury led him to focus on drama. He says he owes his career to the school because its teachers helped him find his passion.

The St. Louis native told the students to appreciate small blessings, because "the most important thing you will do in your life is take your next breath."

-- Associated Press

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